Chinese hackers go after third-party IT suppliers to steal data


Companies that choose to outsource their IT operations should be careful. Suspected Chinese hackers have been hitting businesses by breaching their third-party IT service providers. 

Major IT suppliers that specialize in cloud storage, help desk, and application management have become a top target for the hacking group known as APT10, security providers BAE Systems and PwC said in a joint report.

That’s because these suppliers often have direct access to their client’s networks. APT10 has been found stealing intellectual property as part of a global cyberespionage campaign that ramped up last year, PwC said on Monday.

The joint report doesn’t identify which IT service providers were hit or how many were found breached. But the providers included several suppliers in enterprise services and cloud hosting.

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